Face Oils: Things to know before using facial oils in your skin care routine

by Lisa Dzapasi

When looking for a face oil, it is vital to consider your skin type and the benefits you are looking to gain from the facial oil of your choice.

Facial oils are feared because of the misconception that all oils clog your pores leading to breakouts. That's not always the case. When buying face oils you need to make sure the ingredients consist of plant oils that are almost the same molecular size as the natural sebum produced by your skin. Such oils include Pomegranate oil, Argan oil, rose hip oil, Jojoba oil. 

Steer clear of facial oils containing mineral oil. Mineral oil is derived from petroleum. It forms a barrier on your skin, offers no skin benefits and is used in many high street skincare because its a cheap ingredient 

 Facial oils can be used alone as moisturisers but to get the most from them, they should be used straight after floral water toners like such as rose or orange blossom water while the skin is still damp. When using the two together, the skin cells will take in the hydration from the water and the oils will remain outside the cells for lubrication and protection. The oil will seal in the moisture and hydration keeping the skin healthy and nourished.

 Facial oils also have antioxidants, fatty acids, and essential nutrients that are good for your skin. They offer a protective layer for the skin barrier allowing your skin to absorb skin care ingredients.

Most facial oils can be applied in the morning, straight after cleansing and toning, and then makeup can be applied after a few minutes. 

Facial oils can be used at night for repair purposes and in the morning for daily hydration. Some oils can clog pores if you tend to have breakouts, an example being coconut oil. It is too heavy so it will stay on top of the skin for too long and won't  allow the skin to breathe.

Oils for Oily Skin

As counterproductive as it sounds, the right oil can act like an astringent and helps get rid of any excess grease on the face. It also regulates and stabilises the production of sebum from your skin to make it less oily. Those with oily skin should apply face oils as the last step of their skincare routines at night so that no other products or ingredients can penetrate it. This way you can gain the benefits overnight and you will not look shiny throughout the day. 

     Oils for Sensitive Skin

    People with sensitive skin need face oils specially designed to protect the skin barrier while nourishing, soothing and protecting the skin. Go for oils with little scent added or fragrance-free as some essential oils, as natural as they are, can be irritating to sensitive skin.

     Oils for Dry Skin

    Not all oils are meant for dry skin especially not the lightweight and more astringent oils such as pomegranate, grape seed, and jojoba oil. Dry skin types will call for richer oils with high oleic acid content. Oleic acid is a fatty acid that is beneficial for condition skin and can reduce dryness irritation while locking in moisture. Remember to make sure you use the face oil over your floral water toner during the day and/or at night to lock in moisture.

    Oils for Acne-Prone Skin

    Blackheads and pimples are actually caused by overproduction of sebum when the skin becomes inflamed and dry. Some oils are acne safe and can nourish the skin allowing the body to heal any breakouts without any more popping up. You can massage these oils into your skin at night.

    Oils for Normal Skin

    People with this skin type can use a combination of oils as 'normal' skin will still benefit from a vitamin boost and some extra nourishment.